Monday, April 28, 2014

Workshop Update

Day two of the Derek Penix workshop yielded this little beauty (5x7) for me.  It took nearly 3 hours to get to this point and scraping it off a couple of times to get it right but I really like it.  One of my favorite birds and photos that I have taken.  

Day three of the workshop was what is called plein air painting.  Thankfully the weather cooperated with a bit of wind.  It was a tad chilly when not in the sun but I enjoyed the process and sitting in the sun while he created in his demo. 
It is amazing how he looks at things and sees the light and dark and starts swiping on color to create.

I know it's blurry but here is the final product of his talent.   
Unfortunately, I didn't get to go out to try the great outdoors as I had to leave but I will try it at home, SOON and can't wait to take another of his workshops again.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Painting Workshop

Yesterday and for the rest of the week I have and will be in a wonderful workshop given by renowned American Impressionist Derek Penix.  He is local and Tulsa should be very proud that he lives here and we can claim him.  

We met the first three hours of this 3 day workshop in his studio (I covet).  I was in awe at the ease of his painting strokes and technique.  It is amazing that he just starts swiping (drawing) and ends up with an amazing painting. 

After sitting mesmerized by his skills we ventured over to the Carriage House behind the Garden Center at Woodward Park to begin applying what we observed.

This is what I managed to accomplish from one of his photos from his travels to the French Riviera.  It definitely has a long ways to go to look like his stuff but I like it so far.  I know there is paint on the thing but he wants me to apply MORE, MORE, MORE!  Maybe today I will.  We're also going to paint birds today, another of his specialties.   

He also was selling a lot of his "studies" and I was lucky enough to acquire these two lovelies.